Don’t Waste Your Money: Hotel Prices

As millions of Americans book their spring and summer trips, many are finding prices up again in 2024. But know the risks of booking with the risks of booking with a third-party site that seems to have lower prices than everyone else.

Latisha Walker found a great deal at a Miami Beach hotel. Just $411 for a three-night girl’s getaway through a discount travel site.

“It was booked, it was paid, I got a confirmation number,” Williams said.

But when she arrived in Miami, Walker got some bad news: The hotel had canceled their reservation.

“They said that was through a third party. They said we canceled with that third party back in January,” Walker said.

A hotel clerk said the low rate was in error since it was spring break season.

“They said they canceled with them because the pricing was too cheap at the time because it was spring break,” Walker said.

The worst part is Latisha said she did not know the rate was going up until she arrived at the hotel.

They ended up having to pay triple the price for the same hotel: 1,939.14.

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Hotel rates are near record highs in 2024 which is up over 25% since pre-pandemic times. Travel experts say to protect yourself by doing the following:

  • Avoid Reservations that say “Rates subject to change”

  • Save a copy of your booking receipt on your phone.

  • If you prepay, that is a contract, so make sure they honor it.

While third-party sites can save you money, remember you are not dealing with the hotel directly and the hotel may not be able to fix any billing problems.

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